Well, one day word got around to me that a photographer was coming that afternoon to take pictures in and around the office. And, I tell you, you've never seen someone gather their things and hustle out of a place quicker than I did. As grateful as I was for the hospitality there (the free desk and the free wi-fi and all), I simply did not want to volunteer my likeness to the cause. I did not work for this non-profit and didn't want anyone assuming I worked there and photographing me to present me as someone who worked there.
Now for those of you who are confused at this, it may come as a shock for you to hear that this is only one of many many times where I have either been asked to be photographed or just outright photographed in order to provide some "local color". The truth is lots of young progressive or innovative organizations want their public facing image to be more like this
|Photo by Elisabeth Fall/fallfoto.com|
|Picture from The Atlantic|
For this and so many reasons, I am grateful to The Ada Initiative. From one of my earliest encounters with The Ada Initiative (the 2012 AdaCamp in DC), I was impressed that they had a clear photo policy where they asked your permission before photographing you and sharing your image and also were very gracious about getting your permission before using your likeness for promotional purposes. Treating people with respect...what a refreshing revelation! For this and so many more reasons, I am glad to support The Ada Initiative in the ongoing and crucial work of supporting, recruiting, developing, and retaining women in all areas of open source, open culture and all around geekiness.
|Me with fellow TAI advisor, the fabulous MarinaZ!|
If you (and I hope you do!) believe in this work and their mission, please get in the picture and give to The Ada Initiative during the month-long campaign.